Should I ask the exact same questions in the pre-interview and the interview?
Luke asked: What I'd really like to know now is what questions do you ask in the real interview, now that the pre-interview is done... so that worksheet is "questions to uncover the Big 3 Things"... in a pre-interview, do you guys just repeat those questions in the real interview? How do you adapt them given the new knowledge? Is there a future worksheet about this?
It's important that we consider the experience we create for the person who we're interviewing. Their experience, and how we make them feel, will greatly impact what they share with us, and how deep they're willing to go with us.
At this point, we want to have developed a relationship with our Heart, so that we're no longer seen as a filmmaker, but as a friend. Now, how would you feel if your friend, with whom you just spoke to yesterday and revealed very personal insight into who you are, met up with you today and asked the exact same questions from your last meeting? Would you feel like they had actually been listening to you in the first place? Would you feel valued? Would the conversation feel natural?
We use the information we learned from our pre-interview to expand in our interview, or ask more targeted questions. We also ask questions that relate to their Plot Points.
One of the examples I mentioned to you the other day was when we were in Vietnam shooting an episode of The Remarkable Ones with Van, a woman with physical disabilities who was holding the first fashion show in Vietnam where all of the models would be disabled Vietnamese women. We knew from our research and previous chats with Van that some people in her community believed that disabilities are caused by wrongdoing in a past life. And because of these misperceptions, she faced a lot of bullying and discrimination growing up. We also knew that she had this dream when she was younger to be a model, but was told she could never be one because she was disabled. So all of this contributed to her Complexity: she wanted to hold this fashion show so that other disabled women would feel beautiful and confident too.
In our actual interview then, we expanded on these questions. Instead of just asking about her childhood, we reminded her of how we had already talked about how she had been teased and bullied, ignored by teachers, etc. And how hard that must have been for her. So we asked her what she would say were the top three greatest challenges she faced. And we asked about the first time when she stood up to those challenges. We asked her the specific names that people used to call her.